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7.30pm likely for Stelmar finish at Queens Wharf

20 February 2005

7.30pm likely for Stelmar finish at Queens Wharf

Stelmar, the last Global Challenge yacht making its way to Wellington, is just outside the harbour entrance and, just after 4pm, was reported to be sailing at about 8 knots into a strong headwind.

The yacht – at the end of an epic 52 days at sea - is now not likely to berth at Queens Wharf till 7.30pm at the earliest. After grinding its way up the harbour, Stelmar will be boarded and inspected by Customs before it can berth at Queens Wharf.

Stelmar should expect a big welcome from families, friends, fellow Global Challenge competitors – and Wellingtonians.

The yachts has been delayed on leg two of the race from Buenos Aires, having to seek medical assistance for two crewmembers, and was forced to divert back to Argentina from the mid-Southern Ocean after one crewmember badly broke his arm. The 52 days Stelmar has spent at sea is a record for any Global Challenge yacht on any leg.

Wellingtonians are more than welcome to join in and welcome Stelmar to the city. The yacht will berth on the southern side of Queens Wharf, near Fergs Kayaks.

ENDS

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